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Aging with Passion & Purpose

frequently asked questions.

Listed below are some frequently asked questions about the conference, along with answers. Additional information will be added as it becomes available. If there are additional questions please contact the UNO Department of Gerontology at (402) 554.2272.

REGISTRATION

What are the Early Bird Registration fees and when do they end?
Early registration ends on September 30, 2013. Before that date registration is $75 for both, $25 to attend Sunday only, or $50 to attend only Monday. CEUs are included in the earlier registration rates.

How much does the conference cost after the Early Bird Registration deadline?
If you register between October 1 and October 14, the registration is $100 for either both days or either single day. CEUs are an additional $20 during this registration period.

I have already registered and paid to attend the conference, but now will not be able to do so. May another person attend in my place and must the other person register separately?
Yes, you may substitute another person. You do not need to register that person separately. However, if there is time, please let our registration office know by emailing us at unoaging@unomaha.edu.

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUs)

What type of CEUs are being offered?
Continuing Education Credit is being provided by Iowa Western Community College Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #6. They are available for Nurses, Social Workers, Medical Assistants, Department Heads, Nursing Home Administrators, Residential Care Administrators, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Activity Coordinators and Direct Care Staff.

May I receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Contact Hours even if I am only able to attend one day of the conference?
CEUs will be offered per session, so a participant may choose how many CEUs he or she receives based upon the presentations he or she attends. To receive the CEUs a participant will need to complete the CEU form and an evaluation for each session. CEUs are included in the cost of registration if registering before October 1; and cost an additional $20 if registering on October 1 or later.

VOLUNTEERING

I would like to volunteer at the conference. Who should I contact?
There are volunteer opportunities. For more information and to apply visit our volunteer page.

Do I get a complimentary registration for the conference if I volunteer?
Yes, if you commit to volunteering for an entire day of the conference.

HOUSING

What sort of housing arrangements have you made for out-of-town participants?
UNO has arrangements with several hotels near the campus which offer special rates to those visiting UNO. Simply call the hotel and state you are visiting UNO to get the special rate. Here is a list.

Here is information for two of them.

The Aksarben Marriot (Courtyard Omaha Aksarben Village)
1625 South 67th Street, Omaha, 402-951-4300
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/omawt-courtyard-omaha-aksarben-village/
$109 for King or Double Queen; free parking

The Staybridge Suites
7825 Davenport Street, Omaha, 800-255-1237
http://www.ihg.com/staybridge/hotels/us/en/omaha/omads/hoteldetail
$94 for Studio Queen Suite; $114 for One Bedroom Suite

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE AND ACTIVITIES

Do you know how long the breaks will be?
Please check our program page for information about the schedule.

Do you know how many Breakout Sessions there are and how long each one will last?
Please check our program page for information about the schedule.

How much time will be available to view the Poster Exhibits? Will the Poster Exhibitors be manning their posters to answer questions?
Please check our program page for information about the schedule. Posters will be available for viewing all day on Monday, October 20. Poster presenters will be available for discussion and questions during the poster session 1:30-2:15 p.m. on Monday, October 20.

TECHNOLOGY

As a participant, can I bring my laptop computer?
The Milo Bail Student Center does have free wireless capability. For more information about access this go to the UNO Wireless webpage at http://is.unomaha.edu/systems/wireless.php. There will be limited number of outlets available for running or charging laptops or other devices so please bring devices fully charged.

FOOD AND SPECIAL NEEDS

I have special dietary needs (e.g., diabetic, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, kosher, food allergies). Will there be food that I am able to eat while attending the conference (both lunch and snacks)?
When you register please indicate on your registration form any special dietary requirements you have (in the comments box). We will try to accommodate your requirements for the lunch on Monday; however, we are limited in providing personalized snacks during the refreshment breaks.

The MBSC Food Court, located in the same building, will be open on both Sunday and Monday for anyone wanting to purchase their own food or snacks.

Is the Milo Bail Student Center wheelchair accessible?
Yes. Conference sessions will take place on floors 2 and 3. There are elevators available. For the location of the elevators, and a general plan of the building, visit the Milo Bail Student Center webpage at http://mbsc.unomaha.edu/floor/mbscfloordir.php. Click on the floor name for a floor plan. View the map of the Dodge campus for locations of handicapped parking.

Will there be Sign Language Interpreters for the Keynote Speaker Sessions? Will there be Sign Language Interpreters for all the Breakout Sessions?
If requested by attendee at the time of registration, we can make arrangements for this.

PARKING

Where may I park to attend this event?
Since the conference is held during the University Fall Break, most parking will be open and free on the UNO Dodge campus. Here is a link to a map of the Dodge campus. The conference will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center (see 13 on the map). You must have a state-issued handicapped parking permit to park in any handicapped spot.

Metered stalls will be enforced on Monday, October 21, from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Metered stalls have a 90 minute limit. The cost is 50 cents for each 30 minutes.

For more information visit the UNO Parking Services website at http://www.unomaha.edu/parking/index.php.

SPEAKERS

How do I become a presenter at the Conference?
The deadline to respond to the Call for Presentations was April 15. Unfortunately there are no more opportunities to present at this year's conference. If you want to be notified about the Call for the 2015 conference please complete the inquiry form and indicate your interest in the comments box.

How many people are expected to attend the conference?
Our registration goal for the 2013 conference is 300 persons. This would include the participants, speakers, organizers and vendor representatives.

Who are the expected participants of the conference?
The purpose of this fourth biennial conference on aging--Aging with Passion & Purpose: Aging Well in the Age of Technology--is to bring together professionals, administrators, service-providers, researchers, educators and students, caregivers, older adults, baby boomers, and others to gain awareness of how technology, in all of its forms, can impact the lives of individuals as they age by maximizing independence and quality of life.

SPONSORS AND VENDORS

I am a sponsor or vendor. Do I need to register for the conference as well?
Being a sponsor or vendor automatically registers up to two organizational representatives for the conference. If there are additional persons from your organization to attend he or she will need to register.

My company or organization would like to be a sponsor or vendor of the conference. How may we pursue that?
All of the sponsor and vendor opportunities are filled for the 2013 conference. If you would like information about sponsoring the 2015 conference please contact the fundraising chairperson, Wes Siebert, directly at wsiebert@financialguide.com.

What time are the Sponsor Exhibitors expected to set up their booths?
Sponsors will display on both Sunday, October 20, and Monday, October 21. Set-up will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday should be completed by 7:30 a.m. Exhibits should remain set-up for the duration of the conference through Sunday and Monday.

What time are the Vendor Exhibitors expected to set up their booths?
Vendors will display their exhibits on Monday, October 21. Set-up will begin at 7:00 a.m. and should be completed by 7:30 a.m.. The exhibits should remain set-up for the duration of the day on Monday.

How long are the Vendor Exhibitors expected to have someone available at the vendor station?
Vendors should plan to have someone at their table the entire time. If you are not able to be present all day, please make certain you are present during the registration, breaks and lunch periods to answer any questions attendees might have about your offerings.